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Today I was at a techno party. Juliette Fox played an old Art Of Trance track called Octopus. Can you believe it? What a moment!
 
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Went to see Shpongle in Colorado this weekend. His shows in the past might possibly have been the best music events I ever went to. The vibes and atmosphere is just something special and the mixing/music is like nothing else on the planet. He barely plays anymore, 1 step away from tour retirement but he appeared for a special show for his birthday and I had to go (Colorado is also an amazing state so love visiting it).

I wouldn't say it was the greatest show i've seen from him. The venue was alright, and sound system not the best set up I have heard for his music, but still great to see him, probably one last time. This is a generation of psybient/psy producers who have yet to be matched by any modern producers, so feel quite happy to have experienced that generation well.
 

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Sadly, I haven't been to any trance event. It's not possible for me yet.
Ditto. For me, it involves flying from Washington DC to Europe, and that ticket is *expensive*. There are many other ways I could spend $1,500-2,000 plus the actual cost of hotels, train tickets, and food. I could see a bunch of (non-trance) artists perform locally over here and get very nice VIP packages and hotels with that kind of money. I could also follow my favorite artists at multiple stops with that kind of money.

So, for me, attending a trance concert in Europe might just remain a pipe dream... or, it wouldn't be something I prioritize until I reach certain milestones in my life, like finish paying off my car and put a downpayment on a house.
 

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Ditto. For me, it involves flying from Washington DC to Europe, and that ticket is *expensive*. There are many other ways I could spend $1,500-2,000 plus the actual cost of hotels, train tickets, and food. I could see a bunch of (non-trance) artists perform locally over here and get very nice VIP packages and hotels with that kind of money. I could also follow my favorite artists at multiple stops with that kind of money.

So, for me, attending a trance concert in Europe might just remain a pipe dream... or, it wouldn't be something I prioritize until I reach certain milestones in my life, like finish paying off my car and put a downpayment on a house.
Or you can get flights for free or cheaper if you have everyday reward scheme like velocity frequent flyer miles or American Express.
 
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Or you can get flights for free or cheaper if you have everyday reward scheme like velocity frequent flyer miles or American Express.
It probably takes a few years to get there lol
 

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Yesterday I went to Transmission in Arnhem Geldredome. I went to Transmission Prague a few years ago, so I can compare.
  • DJs and music were ok I guess, pretty much the usual transmission names, you know what to expect. If you want actual decent trance, this is for the most time not the place to be.
  • The organization was good, definitely better than Prague.
  • The venue was huge and not overcrowded, especially compared to the arena in Prague which was much smaller (a disaster actually... almost impossible to move even in the stands, at least when I went a few years ago)
  • Liked the daytime schedule
  • Audio system was ok, although I could almost only hear the bass wherever I was.
  • The sore point: I mainly went there for the visuals, lasers and general experience (because I was honestly blown away in Prague by the quality of them) and tbh I wasn't impressed. I mean, it was good, but no transmission-quality good (which is supposed to be the best of the best in that sense). Fairly standard special effects, what is now expected from a high-level mainstage. And not too many of them.
For the price of the ticket, not good enough.
 
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I was also at Transmission. Great people and perfect amount of people. Musically it was OK. Schulz was great, Above & Beyond very standard and everything afterwards sucked. (Haven’t heard Marlo though). Daxson was a nice surprise as well and Super8 & Tab were decent but the crowd was still arriving when they played.

Alltogether a nice event with some good visuals and nice people and toilets in the freezing cold 🤪
 
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How can it be okay, if you could only hear the bass?

Yeah... the volume was good, but for me there was something wrong with the setup/EQ. I haven't noticed anyone else complaining about this though, so maybe I'm the only one.

I read other people complaining about lasers/effects. Transmission crew responded that they used even more lasers than in Prague. I know they know their stuff, but unfortunately I think that's also the downside of having such a big venue... it's not the same.
But I still think it could have been much better. The overall theme, effects and visuals were lazier than other editions.

XiJaro & Pitch best set of the night for me.
 

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I went to ASOT at Ahoy Rotterdam this weekend, 2 nights. This was my first ASOT event, so I can't compare it to previous versions at The Jaarbeurs.

From an organizational point of view, this was one of the best events I have ever attended. Considering they were also hosting it in a brand new location, I just have to give credit to the entire team. Everything was absolutely flawless for me.
Many more festivals should really learn a thing or two about how to properly host an event so that people can just focus on enjoying the music, without worrying about anything else. To be fair, it's also true that especially big festivals usually have to deal with a much, much larger and more diverse (and sometimes a little more "problematic") audience than a bunch of middle-aged nerds :LOL: But still...

It wasn't sold out, better for me because it was busy but not super crowded so even on the bigger stages there was enough room to move and breathe. I just hope they didn't make a loss. I don't know the maximum capacity at Ahoy, I read that it should be a little less than at Jaarbeurs.
The venue itself is huge, 2 large stages, one medium-large and two smaller ones. I think the main stage was only completely full for about half an hour during Armin's set on Saturday. But even then there were 4 other stages available, so no problem.

Excellent audio quality, visuals and effects. Even on the smaller stages. I was truly impressed.

Overall the lineup was great, very diverse and lot ot great names. Of course a lot of techno influences, but you could always find something to your liking (unless you're only looking for something more underground or more "pure", in that case Luminosity is much better).

Armin's sets on the main stage were probably the only big disappointment, I didn't stay there long because when I heard him start his set on Friday with that awful cover of Infinity of his I was seriously embarrassed and immediately left to another stage. He really played as if he were at any other "normal" festival, whereas in the past, when he played in front of a trance audience, he at least tried to play some more trancy and less edm-cringe stuff. Pretty embarrassing to be honest. But the main stage was always full when he played, so...
His b2b sets were more interesting, though not quite trancy but more techno influenced stuff.

Solarstone did not disappoint, probably my favorite set.
Nice energetic stuff as we've come to expect from David Forbes.
I was looking forward to Ben Gold but he kept playing like 138-140bpm stuff at much higher bpm, I don't know why but the end effect wasn't that great and it ruined the set a bit for me.
I missed a few names I wanted to hear due to overlap and because I arrived a little later and left a little earlier, but overall I was satisfied. Again, in terms of music and choice Luminosity will always be the best, but this one takes second place, imho.
 

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if you're a fan of the more Joofy sound then you need to check out when Dancelovehub is on in London, and no not just because I'm a resident there. it really does scratch that deep trance itch
 

Julian Del Agranda

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Yeah it’s seems it was Festival-Armin, while at ASOT it was sort of semi-trance Armin at least.

I didn’t miss much 😎
 

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I also went to ASOT2024, which was my first large scale event. I wasn't planning on going at first, but when I heard that there were still tickets available on Friday, I thought "why not" and invited a friend to go with me. When I saw the Saturday lineup, I got a last minute Saturday ticket from the official resale platform for myself as well.

I was kinda worried that I'd thrown away my money at first: there is also a yearly but smaller festival in my home town and I usually can't stand more than 2 hours there, especially not after 23:00 (too many people, loud music I don't like, people smelling like beer and lighting up cigarettes around me, etc). However, the "true" festival experience turned out to be much less overwhelming than I expected? Hearing music I actually know and liked made 22:00 to 06:00 not just manageable, but nothing short of incredible. I can safely say that this was one of the best weekends I've had in years, possibly in my life.

My only complaint pretty much boils down to the volume, I had earplugs in for the full duration of the festival (partially because I found the average volume rather painful and partially because I don't want to worsen my unfortunately naturally developed hearing damage) and because those attenuate high frequencies much better than lower frequencies, I sometimes couldn't hear anything but bass. At certain points, said bass would be strong enough that I needed to take a break and stand outside the stage(s), but I'd always find myself going back in eventually.

Friday was awesome and I initially took a look at all the 5 areas they had set up before joining the main stage halfway through NWYR's set to make sure I wouldn't miss Armin. That turned out to be an excellent choice because​
I think the main stage was only completely full for about half an hour during Armin's set on Saturday.​
isn't what actually happened: Area 1 was closed during the entirety of Armin's sets on Friday and Saturday, but luckily there was still enough room to move around in when it came to any given set on both days. As for his Friday set itself, I discovered how surprisingly well some songs work when played on a large sound system, especially those I didn't like all too much at first (like his collab with ARTBAT). My friend told me it was actually possible to stand next to Armin on the stage itself, which I sadly missed out on because I left halfway through to see SUPERSTRINGS. I knew they'd play mostly classic trance, which turned out to be true: hearing their remix of Soundpiercing, Tiësto's Suburban Train and even Veracocha's Carte Blanche live made me incredibly happy. Will Atkinson's set after was without a doubt my favourite set of the entire night, especially because I love his new oldschool hard dance production style. Lastly, I ended the night with Maddix on the main stage, whom I did in fact stand next to on the stage itself.

Saturday I spent by myself, enjoying a bit of Maria Healy and the first few minutes of C-Systems before going to Solarstone, who played some absolute bangers (including what seemed to be a 2024 revision of Solarcoaster, mashed up with Glue by Bicep). I stayed there until the first 15 mins of JOC before going to Forbes and the first half of Cold Blue, whose sets were also pretty nice. I would then stay until the end of the night in Area 3 to see HI-LO, Armin b2b HI-LO (absolute highlight of the night, Armin joined half an hour earlier than the time table said) and finally Trance Wax, where I pretty much exploded with joy around 5AM when he dropped the original version of Ralphie B's Massive.

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I don't see myself going to any other festival besides this one. The 8-hour, two day length was perfect for me and as I've said, I only survived because I simply really liked the music and was willing to overlook the problems I mentioned in my home town festival (except for the cigarettes, I always relocated immediately whenever I saw and/or smelled someone next to me smoking). While I could go to any other trance festival, I think I'm content with doing this just on a yearly basis to hopefully keep the experience special. In any case, I've pre-registered for ASOT2025 and I'm looking forward to it already. :D
 
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Been yesterday at Ferry Corsten open to close concert @ Maassilo Rotterdam. Solid set from Ferry as expected. Many classics obviously, but also some lesser-known jewels. I liked that he also played his remix of Adagio for strings, which of course will always be superior to any other remix ever made.

Nice crowd, people dancing and enjoying the music. Definitely the oldest audience I've encountered so far, but understandable.

It was my first time at Maassilo and considering it is one of the most iconic clubs in Rotterdam, I was a little disappointed. The sound system could be much better. The same goes for the lights and visual effects, they were ok but to be honest I would have expected a little more.
But the worst thing is the greed of the owners/organizers. The ticket is already quite expensive (almost 50 euros). Then there's that ever-present disgrace of the token system for payments (kudos to ASOT for not using those fucking tokens at Ahoy in February). And of course you have to pay for the locker ("only" 7.50 euros... I guess I have to be happy that they didn't ask for 10 euros).
But the worst thing is having to pay to use the toilet. This is totally unnecessary and leaves a really bad aftertaste about the club. Not for the money per se, I mean you already pay a fortune for all the other things mentioned so at that point it doesn't change much anymore, but it's the principle of having to pay just because the owners want to make money on that too. We're already overpaying for everything, isn't that enough? I don't think they will go out of business if they don't also cash in on toilet access ffs.
The exact same happened at another Rotterdam club I've been to.

Also considering transportation (not cheap at all), going to an event in The Netherlands is always excessively expensive. This is why I only select a few events to go to, I can't afford to go out every weekend.
If nothing else the organization and music are generally always very good.
 

Julian Del Agranda

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^ if you were in the back you might have seen me.

Tbh I didn’t like the crowd that much. Clearly a lot of old “ravers” from around 2000 who have a night out. They chat all the time and don’t seem to care about music at all.

I mean, when Ferry puts on Rock Your Body Rock, during a solo concert, I’d expect people to be like woah! Here we go! Awesome!

but around me all those oldies were just chatting about nothing. Not the best intimate vibe.

I enjoyed myself though, and my company was very cool too. The sound and visuals were alright. Some songs the melody didn’t cut through well, but I think it might be the song itself).

as for toilets, yeah… but silly innit. Oh well…

I really liked Destination, the asot anthem. Didn’t expect that lol. It sounded very good.
 
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Wondered if the Maassilo was still the same as in 2016. Sounds like it.

Bummed i missed out on Ferry's WTF show. Got ill friday afternoon and still recovering.
 

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i'll be at junction 2 on the saturday, the chicane event at studio 338 in july, am playing trance sanctuary & friendz boat party in august then i'm permanently moving to australia in september so if you ever felt the burning desire to do edibles with me that's where i'll be. or not i don't care
 

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Just bought the tickets. It is almost six months away but Ferry Corsten is coming to Finland in November and he should play 3h set. I don't usually go to Helsinki, but this time I decided it might be worthy of hassle and arrangements.

The last time I saw Ferry live was 2012. It has been some time...